Manchester United host Juventus in the Champions League on Tuesday night in what will be a challenging match for the Reds, who have just one win in their previous six matches.
The homecoming of Cristiano Ronaldo is sure to boost demand for tickets given he spent six memorable seasons at Old Trafford, guiding the club to European glory in 2008 and reaching the final again the following year before completing a record-breaking transfer to Real Madrid.
Ronaldo started for Juventus at the weekend and scored 18 minutes into the game at home to Genoa. The Serie A giants were unable to hold onto their lead and conceded an equaliser through Daniel Bessa in the second-half.
Still, Juventus remain favourite with the bookmakers following a nine-match unbeaten run in Serie A.
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Dealing with Ronaldo may well be a priority for United ahead of the game, though Juventus have no shortage of attacking threat. Mario Manzukic can create problems and has a knack for scoring key goals in big games, while Paulo Dybala has been nursing a knee injury of late but appeared on the bench at the weekend.
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According to the Daily Express, Emre Can faces a late fitness test to see if he’s ready to face his former rivals. He’ll be sure to get a cold reception from the Old Trafford faithful if he does feature at any stage considering his Liverpool past.
United manager Jose Mourinho will hope Anthony Martial can build on his second-half performance at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. The Frenchman scored a brace against Chelsea in a 2-2 draw but hasn’t always been selected by Mourinho, with Alexis Sanchez often getting the nod instead, but Martial doesn’t let the side down when picked and deserves to start against Juventus.
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He also scored the equaliser in the dramatic 3-2 comeback against Newcastle.
While much of the talk will be about Ronaldo’s Old Trafford homecoming there is also a chance for Paul Pogba to make a reunion with some of his former Juve teammates.
The thought of Ronaldo and co attacking our defence has left us feeling pessimistic, to say the least. We’re predicting a 2-1 win for the Italian giants.
United We Stand editor, Andy Mitten, interviewed former United player Brian McClair ahead of the match. Watch it below: